THE Hard-Ons will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their inaugural public appearance on July 21.
Pulse spoke to Ray Ahn and Peter "Blackie" Black about their celebration tour and upcoming gig in Byron Bay.
Musically speaking, what is old, what is borrowed and what is new in this tour?
Ahn: Old: we will be doing a requests only set. The songs that are in some cases 30 years old still sound great. Borrowed: We will be doing a surprise cover tune that fans have requested repeatedly over the years, but we, until this tour, have ignored. New: The audience will need new underwear when they hear how good the set sounds. They will soil their trousers.
What can fans find in your new album?
Ahn: There will be the usual mixture of pop, heavy metal and punk but we have upped the dose. The album will contain our best songs ever. Everyone played very well in the studio.
What is it like to have Keish Da Silva back?
Ahn: The Hard-Ons originally attended primary school then high school together back in the 70s and 80s, so we are quite good friends. Keish has always lurked around the periphery of the Hard-Ons after quitting the band back in 2001 so there are no dramas at all.
You are always described as the underdogs of music in Sydney, but have outlasted many bands. What's your secret?
Black: We really do love what we do. This is now for the most part an artless society, so whether society thinks so or not its needs us! Oh, hang on, I went off track. It really is love of music that fuels us.
Ahn: We are talented and good looking.
You have played many times in the Northern Rivers. Do you have any anecdotes?
Black: I'm dating one of your citizens.
Ahn: Absolutely none that can be printed in the papers.